I’m a big proponent of doing your own style and look no matter what others think, but we’re all influenced and I thought I’d share my influences and how they make me strive for my own fashion voice. To paraphrase Beyonce: Who run da fashion? Girls!
All gyaru shop staff everywhere
Everywhere. Doing any style around gal or its fringes. No model will do the same for me as shop staff. I just love everyday girls who are so brand dedicated.
A collage of Liz Lisa shop staff from across Japan wearing their best Fall and Winter fashions of last year. So much hair envy.
Jouetie shop staff who are convincing me to buy that jacket and replicate the rest of that outfit. Must buy that jacket when I’m in Japan.
I will never stop admiring regular girls who go out and beautify themselves and strive for their brand.
Real girls on the street too when I’m in Japan or Gaijin gyaru online are also so inspiring for me. Regular girls whose thighs may touch, wear an obvious looking wig, have acne or eyelash is eschew but they’re still holding down their style.
Take a second. Stand up and handclap all the fabulous girls doing their style and being happy just like you do. Send some positive vibes.
We’ve just created a round of applause (cough*wakaflocka).
Liz Lisa Shinjuku Alta shop staff Risato
Risato (李里) is #1 for me in terms of inspirations. Her hair is just amazing and she has such great make-up. Always looks polished as a shop staff from Shinjuku Alta Liz Lisa and she’s an LL Gal (core staff and models who win a yearly Liz Lisa competition) as well as lately showing up in Ageha recently.
Instead of listing off why I do, I thought I’d show you pictures from her blog: http://blog.crooz.jp/Risato/ of exactly why I love her.
My reasoning is complete.
I am not a big anime fan but I do love her open nerdiness. It makes her seem a bit more everyday
Look at her great Liz Lisa coordinate, too.
Isn’t her hair perfection? 60 extensions on top her regular volume. So much lovely hair.
Her blog is one of those crappy crooz blogs that’s not desktop or larger quality pic friendly, but Shinjuku Alta Liz Lisa she blogs on and better pics of her: http://blog.crooz.jp/lizlisashinjuku/
Popteen Model – Ai Matsumoto aka Maapipi
I saw Popteen model Matsumoto Ai (まあぴぴ / 松本愛）in her montly diary page of February Popteen and finally saw off-duty model style that I wanted to love.
My thought when seeing this was “FINALLY!” Liz Lisa off time, gyaru hair worn like everyday gyaru wear it, pretty gel nails. So much of what I like and in a gyaru magazine. Instant-love.
Sweet style gyaru lovers you know my pain. There is not one main magazine for us. Instead it’s a Popteen, Liz Lisa, Nuts, Vivi, Sweet, JJ mix to make the perfect one for our interests. So when something popped up of a whole page in my strike zone I was in love!
Her daily coordinates are definitely things I would wear. She works for Miauler Mew and wears a lot of Miauler Mew (http://www.miauler-mew.com/). But she also wears a lot of sweet discount Spinns style and Liz Lisa.
Casual, soft, girly and sweet. Pretty much everything I want to wear.
Check out her blog for more great coordinates: http://ameblo.jp/matsumoto-ai/
Murua Producer Momoko Ogihara
Even if my style has moved away from Murua because I’m on a no-black clothes diet, I still love Ogihara Momoko (荻原桃子). And I still wear a lot of my old Murua. Emoda’s mode often for me is a bit too Acne/Alexander Wang distilled mode, but Momoko’s is girly and playful yet still mode chic. I’ll be a Momoko fan forever. Her make-up is forever awesome as well.
Eyeliner on point. Recognize.
That cardigan is coming out in metallic pink and I can’t wait to buy it when I’m in Japan.
In love with her new blonde short locks too.
Manapyon – Kinji Shop Staff
Kinji shop staff in Harajuku and street snap style queen Manapyon (まなぴょん) has probably appeared on your tumblr roll. I think she’s probably the cutest human on the planet and I wish I had her body. I think everything about her is cute.
Cats on the internet currently battle Manapyon for cutest. #truefact
She’s always so girly and her twist on cult-party kei I really admire. She really inspires me to mix some cult party into my own style.
Lately she hasn’t blogged a lot (http://ameblo.jp/kikilalamanapyon/)but she keeps her twitter active https://twitter.com/kilamanapyon or you can just enjoy her appreciation blog http://kikilalamanapyon.tumblr.com/
honorable mentions: Amo because she is the second cutest human (http://ameblo.jp/aplus–amo/), Laguna Moon producer Nakaba Nao (http://ameblo.jp/kobe-nao/), and Dazzlin Visual Press Takeda Mizuki (http://ameblo.jp/takeda-mizuki/)
Just reading talking about them inspires me. Now I just got to get rid of this cold and dress up more.